I’m back in the cold and am not happy about it. So to reminence my time spent in slightly warmer California I put together some of my favorite things that I did while I was in LA. These are my absolute musts when in Los Angeles no matter the season.
1. Eat & Drink- Pitfire, In n Out (animal style fries baby), Bosa Nova, Jinkys (for their bottomless mimosas at brunch), Raphael (make sure Nathan is your bartender.. he makes the best and freshest drinks you will ever have), Roccos (for their 2 for 1 happy hour & steamed artichoke), Umami Burger (get the truffle burger), CBS Seafood Restaurant (they have the best dim sum and it is located in China town which is a really cool area), Menchies (it’s cheaper than Pinkberry & you make it yourself), Coffee Bean (obviously they have the best coffee in the world and is so much better and cooler than Starbucks), Sprinkles (if they’re closed you can just go to the cupcake ATM), Chateau Marmont, Urth Caffe & Coles (get the pickled eggs with your drink).
2. Shop- Joy Rich, Fred Segal (it’s a great store to browse and maybe grab a drink at their cafe), Maxfield (insanely gorgeous vintage Chanel, Hermes etc bags, jewelry and so on along with new items from Saint Laurent, Givenchy and up & coming brands), ANGL (I always leave with something fun that I love), Zara (they’re opening up a huge flagship in DTLA), Topshop, Wild Style (it’s more hip hop high fashion.. but it’s still worth a look and maybe a cool t-shirt) & the shops at Space 15 Twenty (they always have cool vintage stands on Sundays where I’ve found amazing shoes & jackets, while other days of the week all the stores are inspired by art and just really cool ideas and designs).
3. What to do- Hike (go to Runyon Canyon, its an easy hike and you’re pretty much guaranteed a celeb sighting.. below James and I are with The Game), The Grove, Melrose Avenue (not only to shop but to see the amazing street art), The Getty, 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Rodeo Drive, Universal City Walk, check out Downtown LA (its gorgeous, really cool and sadly underrated), Fly Wheel (we went and got our booties kicked and your first class is free, so why not?), Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (see all the movie stars handprints in cement… I was reenacting Marilyn Monroe below because gentlemen prefer blondes… duh!), Zuma Beach in Malibu (it’s the most peaceful & gorgeous place in the entire world), and something we didn’t do this time but is a fun thing is to get tickets to a taping of a show!
I hope if you ever visit LA you get to do some of my favorite things… it is definitely worth the visit if you know where to go!